Carl Peter
1925 - 2017
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PETER Carl J, PhD, 92, Lexington, passed away Sep 14, 2017. He was born at home in New Baden, IL on Aug 30, 1925, and grew up in Trenton, IL, the son of the late Charles and Margaret (Zapp) Peter. He was married to Vivian (Shrontz) Peter, who preceded him in death. He is survived by daughters Kathleen Peter, MD (Cindy Davis), Minneapolis, MN, and Caroline Haddad, Bellevue, WA, son David Peter (Ann), Lexington; sisters Dorthy Peter (Billie Ann Camp), Arvada, CO, and Marjorie (Carl) Bopp, Trenton, IL, and grandchildren Sarah and Daniel Peter, and Lawrence Haddad. A sister, Evelyn (Ralph) Thurman preceded him in death. Dr Peter had two careers: first as a health educator and executive director of voluntary health agencies in IL, NY, OH, and HI, and second as a university professor in NE, KY, TN, IL, and at SW China Normal University. He retired in 1994 as Emeritus Professor & Health Sciences Dept. Chair, Western Illinois University. Dr Peter was an active member of UK Hospital Auxiliary, visiting heart surgery patients; Past President of Bluegrass Mended Hearts; volunteer usher for Lexington Opera House, Actors Guild, Studio Players, Balagula, and Singletary Center, where he was twice honored as Volunteer of the Year. He served on the Board of Directors for a number of Lexington organizations, including the International Book Project, Stonewall Community Association, and Bluegrass Mended Hearts. Carl graduated from Trenton Community High School in May 1943 and was drafted into the Navy four months later. Placed into Navy V-12 and NROTC programs after Boot Camp in Farragut, ID, he was sent to St Lawrence University, Canton, NY and Tufts University, Medford, MA. He had a BS from University of Illinois, an MPH from University of Michigan School of Public Health, and a PhD from University of Nebraska. There will be a celebration of Carl's life at a later date. Memorial gifts can be directed to Mended Hearts, Bluegrass Chapter 115, PO Box 23683, Lexington, KY, 40523.

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Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Sep. 21, 2017.
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November 9, 2017
Carl Peter was such an intelligent man who volunteered his time ushering for cultural events in Lexington, Kentucky during his retirement. He had a sense of humor. He was always interesting and thoughtful. May he rest in peace.
Jeanne Humble
Lexington, Kentucky
Jeanne Humble
September 27, 2017
My wife Becky and I ushered with Carl at the Singletary Center for a decade. During that time, we came to admire and respect this gentle man for his kindness and courtesy to everyone. He was a favorite of the student staff year after year, and a model for all his fellow ushers to emulate. May he rest in peace
David Nelson
September 26, 2017
To the family of Mr. Peter:
We live across the street from Mr. Peter and he was such a nice man. On several occasions he left presents for our children on our porch with handmade notes. We conversed with him every so often and he always had an interesting story to tell. We are very sorry for your loss.
The Commings Family
September 21, 2017
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Hi Kathy, give us a call or e-mail when time permits. Tom & Linda Hurt
September 21, 2017
Dear Kathy and Peter family, Carl was a much loved and respected part of every project and endeavor in which he was involved. I'll always remember him cheering us on during basketball games at Tates Creek.

We are lucky to have had him for 92 years. Sending condolences and strength to all that love him and will miss him.

Marianne Hamburg Sherman
Marianne Sherman
September 21, 2017
To the family, I am sorry to hear the news about your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. Isaiah 61:1,2*
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